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Curb Appeal: Greet Trick-or-Treaters With Great Design

Put your prettiest facade forward with these stylish upgrades

By Gregory Furgala

Above: FRESH-FACED

This sprawling modernist residence overlooking the Scarborough Bluffs represents Taylor Smyth Architects at its best. Up front, Pro Tec’s textured, toffee-hued door nearly glows; and light-diffusing, channel-glass windows are bright additions that ensure privacy. Available at TORP Inc., 245 Davenport Rd, Ste #200

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IN FULL SWING

Local designer Lauren Reed contemporized the schoolyard swing – suspending a two-seater maple plank from a trio of traditionally knotted marine ropes, equipped with oversized poplar “beads” – for you and your sweetheart to hold onto. $950, at laurenreed.ca

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INTO THE MAINFRAME

Artemide’s minimalist Pantarei recalls a pared-down Tron prop. A perfectly round aluminum ring in basic black or silver-grey houses an exposed, low-profile diffuser in sand-blasted glass or a shock-­resistant poly­carbonate. From $510, at Artemide, 5 Mill St

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WALK THE LINE

This welcome mat is the brightest way to accent any entranceway. Chilewich bookends the colour-stacked stripes with contrasting fuchsia and navy blue. A quick hosing off will keep the vinyl yarn looking fresh. From $50, at Bergo Designs, 28 Tankhouse Ln

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GO FIGURE

The oft-overlooked house number gets an update courtesy of Winnipeg-based 2213. Stodgy serifs are dropped in favour of narrow powdered-steel digits that literally pop off facades. Available in white, black, grey and orange. From $30, at Quasi Modo, 789 Queen St W


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